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Familial dermographism


Other Names for this Disease

  • Dermatographia
  • Dermo-distortive urticaria
  • Dermographism
  • Familial dermatographism
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Overview

Familial dermographism is a condition also known as skin writing. When people who have dermatographia lightly scratch their skin, the scratches redden into a raised wheal similar to hives. Signs and symptoms of dermatographia include raised red lines, swelling, inflammation, hive-like welts and itching. Symptoms usually disappear within 30 minutes. The exact cause of this condition is unknown. Treatment may invovle use of antihistamines if symptoms do not go away on their own.[1]
Last updated: 3/14/2014

References

  1. Dermographism. DermNet NZ. January 30, 2014; http://www.dermnetnz.org/reactions/dermographism.html. Accessed 3/14/2014.
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Basic Information

  • DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
  • The Mayo Clinic provides information about Familial dermographism. Click on the above link to access this information.

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  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Familial dermographism. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Dermatographia
  • Dermo-distortive urticaria
  • Dermographism
  • Familial dermatographism
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.